tv State of the Union With Candy Crowley CNN April 20, 2014 6:00am-7:01am PDT
time, maybe only this time, you can believe it. mitch mcconnell, the senate republican leader will be there for a fundraiser. kelly ayotte helping him. he has a tea party primary challenge back home. kelly trying to rise up through the republican leadership by helping the leader. that's it for "inside politics" again. "state of the union" with candy crowley starts right now. on easter sunday, prayers for modern day miracles from the depths of the indian ocean to the chilly waters of the yellow sea. today, in jindo, south korea, bitter anger and heartbreak among families waiting for news as heavy currents hamper efforts to find 250 passengers missing since a ferry capsized wednesday. and with 11 ships and 12 planes
and a sophisticated underwater device, the australian led search for malaysia flight 370 ends day 44 the same way as the others, empty handed. >> i appeal to everybody around the world to pray and pray hard. that we find something to work on over the next couple of days. >> for how long with how much can this go on? reconsidering the search with the australian ambassador to the u.s. plus, the u.s. sends more nonlethal aid to ukraine, but stops short of the weapons it requested. jeffrey pyatt joins us with the hopes and fears in kiev as it faces a border threat from russia. then, iraq's ambassador to the united states goes boston strong. his tribute to this country and hope for his own. and 8 million sign-ups for his affordable care act. >> i think there's a strong,
good, right story to tell. >> the president joins his party's midterm battle to keep the senate in democratic hands. this is "state of the union." good morning from washington, i'm candy crowley, the scene is unbearable to watch and the numbers are staggering. rescuers in south korea are bringing bodies to shore as distraught relatives hold out hope that anyone could still be alive from a sunken ferry filled mostly with high school students. officials released transcripts of ship to shore radio communications during the ferry's final moments. let's bring in paula hancocks in jindo, south korea. what do these communications tell us about the final moments? >> reporter: well, candy, these conversations between an unidentified person aboard the sea wall ferry and two radio towers, the destination radio tower and the tower closest to where this ferry sank. and the most interesting part that we can see from it at this
point is how quickly this ship appeared to list and then sink. this is based just on the transcripts available to us. but it appears as though the distress signal, the first distress signal went out at 8:55 a.m. on wednesday and by 8:56 a.m., so just one minute later, the person said the ship rolled over a lot right now. cannot move, end quote. so just one minute after the distress signal was put out, very quickly the person said that people could not move throughout the next half hour. he said -- he or she said a number of times, the passengers are unable to move. they were asked whether or not the life rafts had been put out, whether the passengers were on the rescue boats. again, saying they could not move. so what this really tells investigators at this point is that this ship, this 68-ton ferry did actually lift significantly and very quickly. candy? >> we also know, at least from
the survivors that there was no announcement to abandon ship. in fact, it seems to me the reports were quite the opposite. that many of these passengers were told to stay. do the transcripts tell us anything about that? >> yes, we understand from the actual vehicle traffic services themselves, they asked at 9:12 a.m. did the passengers board life rafts or rescue boats? the person on the sea wall said, no, they haven't yet. they can't move because the vessel has listed. again, at 9:18 a.m. saying once again, we cannot move, we are able to standby holding on to the wall. then at 9:23 a.m., the vts said please broadcast and tell the passengers to wear life jackets. at that point, the unidentified person in the bridge said we are unable to broadcast. and then it was 9:38 a.m., less than one hour after the first distress signal, according to these transcripts, that the transmissions ended.
candy? >> sounds like the big question now is why did it take so long to come up for -- with that emergency from there? so i know lots and lots of days ahead of you, paula hancocks, thanks so much. we want to move now to another tragedy taking place under the surface of the sea. it has been seven weeks since flight 370 vanished. now, malaysian and australian officials say they might have to regroup. joining me now, the australian ambassador to the united states kim beasley. thank you so much for being here this morning. one of the things, i think, that has gotten a lot of play here is what your prime minister tony abbott said to the "wall street journal." we believe that search will be completed within a week or so. if we don't find wreckage, we stop, we regroup, we reconsider. what does that mean? >> well, i think a week or so brings us to about three or four days from now. maybe a little less. regroup and reconsider. regroup would be to look at the
kit, whether there needs to be additional elements added to it. and it'll be to look at the search to that point. see whether or not they're satisfied that the area searched that's been searched as much as it could be. look at the math that went into making a calculation on the pingers. look at the math associated with the handshake estimates, and keep going. >> and by the handshake estimates, it's the signal from the plane to satellite. >> to satellite. >> so is there any thought now that, perhaps, the pinger estimates. that is hearing the ping and saying, okay, let's narrow the search area down, is there a thought that the -- those estimates were wrong and it could be some place else? and is there any thought that perhaps they weren't pingers on the plane? >> well, on the first point. i'm not sure, of course. i'm not intimate with the research. but from what one can discern, they had a very high level of
confidence. they got the right areas associated with the pings. i think in their minds that the pings from the aircraft were good in terms of it reflecting the fact they discovered the area was located. i think if you cast your mind back, it was a set of pings that were picked up over a long period of time, a couple of hours. therest nothing there that it could be other than that sort of recorder. so there's no other planes gone down in the area. so logic has driven them to this spot. >> right. and by that same logic, though, they may widen that spot and say -- it may take a very long time. but that, okay, we thought it was -- we'd narrowed it down, but perhaps, you know, it's over here or, you know, further south or east or whatever it happens
to be. if among the things you thought could be reconsidered. let's say the search area's expanded or shrunk. who decides that? is that an australian decision? international decision? what happened? how does that work? >> well, the australians are responsible for the search. but we would obviously talk to the malaysians about it, talk to the chinese. talk to all the other governments involved and keep them as we have been well-informed about progress and calculations and where it is we're headed. there's nothing secretive about this. this is one -- an area we're all a bit humble. none of know exactly what order. we'll be in a mode of constant consultation. from the outset, they'll keep going on this. and we're not at the outset before we have the pings, there's an assumption this could take months.
that was made clear among others at the time. and it was taking months in an environment in which we were prepared to take months. so we'll just keep going. >> so are you prepared to take months in so far as the aerial and the surface water search is concerned. is there at some point you're going to look and say, look, we don't -- the ships and the planes, at least the ships that are not attached to underwater devices. the search for debris is over here. it's so scattered that we can't be of use. >> welm, obviously you might well choose to scale it down. but i don't think you can ever quite say that. we lost a cruiser back in world war ii. it's begun to feature in some of your stories. then it was a battle. massive amounts of debris you'd expect to see on the surface. all of it gone. three months later. a shrapnel with the corpse of an australian sailor shows up.
that's about 1,000 miles away. it travels quickly vast distances here. >> absolutely. but you have almost a dozen ships and a dozen planes out there. at some point, there has to be a decision made, like we cannot put -- and i'm assuming over a 60-year search that you didn't every day have these kind of assets focused on it. and i'm wondering how that decision gets made where maybe you turn it over to a private contractor and pay for somebody to be out there all the time looking. >> well, a decision would obviously be taken by the search coordinators. in the way in which we talked about a little earlier, that would be done in consultation of the other parties involved in this. and if the air search might be adjusted. but when you say you're going to reconsider all things. obviously, that's one of the things you're going to consider. you may well also consider bringing another under water
search equipment. all of these things will be on the table if nothing is found in the next few days. >> one of the things understood at this point is that each country is paying for its own assets that are in the region. at some point, might that change? >> well, i would think that would persist. the question is who would pay for private contractors, private contractors were boarding. but, that would be a decision taken by the australian government in an environment of great generosity. we have responsibility for this. i think there's an assumption on the australian part that will bear the burden. >> ambassador kim beazley, thanks for spending time with us this morning. i appreciate it. >> thanks for having us. the mission to avoid an all-out civil war in ukraine. i'll talk about the unraveling situation on the ground.
humans. we are beautifully imperfect creatures living in an imperfect world. that's why liberty mutual insurance has your back, offering exclusive products like optional better car replacement, where if your car is totaled, we give you the money to buy one a model year newer. call... and ask an insurance expert about all our benefits today, like our 24/7 support and service, because at liberty mutual insurance, we believe our customers do their best out there in the world, so we do everything we can to be there for them when they need us. plus, you could save hundreds when you switch, up to $423. call... today. liberty mutual insurance -- responsibility. what's your policy? then a little time to kick back. earn double hilton honors points
in ukraine, there's no indication that's actually happening. i want to bring in jeffrey, the u.s. ambassador to ukraine joining us now from kiev. thank you so much, mr. ambassador. let me ask you straight up, russia's saying, listen, we don't really have any power over the separatists who have taken over ukrainian government buildings on the border with russ russia. do you believe that? >> well, we believe that russia has influence over some of these groups. and we hope they will exercise it to try to make the geneva framework a success. we're convinced this is the best chance we've got to achieve a deescalation of this crisis and we're working hard at it. >> i know you are. i think the question is what next if it does not work? do you see this, let's say, a civil war breaking out at least long in those eastern border areas? do you see russia moving in?
and what has the u.s. got to offer here? >> well, candy, let me say this, i'm actually coming from a meeting with the foreign minister and the ambassador who heads the special monitoring mission along with my eu and russian counterparts. and we all reaffirmed today in this setting our collective commitment to trying to make the geneva framework a success. there are obviously some real challenges at this point, including some new violence this morning in eastern ukraine. but we also believe that there has been some progress. i'm seeing reports this morning that at least one of these government buildings now has a ukrainian flag flying over it. and the osce has monitors on the ground who are reaching out, engaging with local political elites, seeing if there's a way to de-escalate the crisis. so right now, we're planning for success. on your question about civil war
and violence, you know, what i hear from ukrainians across the board and especially on this easter holiday is a desire to bring everybody together. there are obviously efforts from small, isolated groups to stir a division. but that's not what i hear from most ukrainians. including, i should add, ukrainians in the east. >> is it really small groups? or is it -- is it russian activated because president putin would very much love to see strife so he can use the same excuse he used when he took over in crimea and say, well, i just came in to protect russian citizens? >> well, candy, the reports we're getting including from the osce monitors make clear that we're really just talking about a couple of hundred of people. and the polling data saying that
ukrainians want to be part of a unified, prosperous politically stable country. there's obviously, there's obviously some reason for unhappiness, especially economic problems in the east. we've been very impressed by what the prime minister has done. he and the acting president gave important remarks on friday night where they talked about what the government is prepared to do in terms of additional authorities for local governments, deepening democracy, completing the process of democratization that was begun here after independence from the soviet union. i think that's where efforts are going to focus at this point. there is -- there is an apparent effort from outside to try to stir division as you say. but i'm convinced that those who are trying to stimulate separatism, who are preaching violence are not going to fi find -- the people in the east
would like to hear more from kiev and kiev is trying to provide that. >> one of the things we also know is the government in kiev has, in fact, asked the u.s. for weaponry. the u.s. has given nonlethal aid but so far has not responded or given any lethal aid. so we have ukraine here outnumbered and outmanned by anything the russians may have. we are offering a support and some nonlethal aid to them. but what are they to do if there is a movement across the border from russia? which is not a, you know, off the wall kind of thing to think about happening. should we not at some point say, here is the wherewithal you need to help defend your land? >> well, candy, i think the fact is that the geography, the balance of power is such that there is no military solution to this crisis. it has to be solved through
diplomacy. that's something that the prime minister himself says. the government has asked us for non-lethal military assistance. and as you noted, secretary hagel, the pentagon had additional announcements last week in terms of additional assistance we are providing, nonlethal assistance. but the fact is, militarily as crimea demonstrated, ukraine is outgunned. and so, our efforts have been focused on diplomacy, focused on economic support. i should say, i believe the strongest answer, the best answer to aggression from russia at this stage is, first of all, an economically prosperous ukraine, crukraine that's movin forward with support from the international community and most importantly of all, successful, freely contested democratic elections on may 25th. there is no better answer to russia than ukrainians coming together and voting in those polls on the 25th of may. >> finally, we're learning that
the u.s. is going to do some training exercises in poland designed to reassure some of the nato countries that the u.s. is there for them militarily. it's going to involve about 150 u.s. soldiers, which we're told take place over two weeks. when we have allies in the region who are looking at 40,000 russian troops along the border of ukraine already with the history of taking over a part of ukraine. how much reassurance is 150 u.s. troops during training exercises. >> well, candy, i would say i think we have a fabulous partnership with our european allies here. we have the same strategic objectives. and over the long-term, the thing that's going to make ukraine stable and an effective partner for all of the europeans is this free trade agreement, which will be implemented beginning from next month.
and then also hopefully over the next couple of months, the full implementation of the european association agreement that the prime minister signed in brussel last month. i think as we work with the europeans. they share the same approach i described as u.s. policy. working to make a ukraine which is politically stable, moving forward, moving to a closer institutional relationship with europe. and that's something that the majority of ukrainians seek and something we believe strongly no outside power should be in a position to try to thwart. >> geoffery, thank you so much for your time this morning. it has been one year since the boston marathon bombings, thousand will be boston strong tomorrow when the race begins. one of the runners is the iraqi ambassador to the united states. and before he laces up his running shoes, he's going to join us. [ girl ] my mom, she makes underwater fans
that are powered by the moon. ♪ she can print amazing things, right from her computer. [ whirring ] [ train whistle blows ] she makes trains that are friends with trees. ♪ my mom works at ge. ♪ ♪ oh-oh, oh, oh, la, la-la, la-la, la-la ♪ ♪ na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na some things just go together, like auto and home insurance. bundle them together at progressive, and you save big on both. ♪ oh, oh-oh, oh, oh hey, it's me! [ whistles ] and there's my dog! [gasps] there's my steps! i should stop talking. perfectly paired savings. now, that's progressive. ♪ i ♪ and i got the tools ira ♪ to do it my way ♪ i got a lock on equities
boston. tomorrow will be the finish line, the annual race kicks off tomorrow morning. when two bombs exploded near the finish line last year, he ran his first ever marathons there to raise money for 2011 tsunami victims' families. now serving as the iraqi ambassador to the united states, he is set to run the boston marathon tomorrow. mr. ambassador, thank you so much for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> why is it important for you to run the boston marathon tomorrow? >> it's a sign from the iraqi people to our american friends that we will need to stand with each other. and we will always work to -- with each other, to fight against terrorism. >> so this is symbolic to you? >> certainly. >> and there's a lot -- i read an article, i think, you wrote for the boston paper sort of comparing iraq's run toward democracy with a marathon. >> it's a marathon run, it's a
long review, we need to prepare our minds, our bodies for it. and we also have to be aware of the objective. it's not easy to achieve, but when you achieve it, you feel great. >> and you are moving along that road in iraq. your country having parliamentary elections. >> fourth elections. >> the fourth elections and the first since u.s. troops left. so it's -- it's an important election, and there's a lot of worry about it, at least as i read it. because you have had a lot of violence the first -- a lot in the most in several years in iraq. so some of those -- some of the polling places will not be open where they're fighting against terrorism is the heaviest. can you have a complete democracy when terrorism is such a part of the daily life there? >> well, on the first part of democracy, we can't say we have
full democracy. democracy takes time, culture to be created. what we have here is determination of the iraqi people. the percentage of participation looks like about 60%. this has been dragged out for the last few elections. even those, for example, those have been displaced internally, we're extremely keen for them to participate. so we are determined to get everybody in the upcoming election. >> as you approach these elections, compared to when u.s. troops left iraq, is iraq more or less safe on this election? >> what we have -- in comparison to the elections, even before, we always had campaign by the terrorists al qaeda and their affiliate. in trying to disturb the election and trying to dissuade people from participation. so always anticipated that.
and this election -- if you compare us to before the troop withdrawal, the participation is high. everyone's keen for parliament to be the only place for resolving the political differences. so in that sense, i think we are in the right trend. we are cementing a new culture of democracy in iraq. >> you wrote when you wrote in the "boston herald" recently. one of the things you said was on the security front, iraq needs american equipment and expertise as well as strategic coordination and intelligence cooperation. what does that entail? and do you have any sign from the obama administration that it will be forthcoming? >> the administration has been very supportive. it has been understanding the challenge we have, the scale, the depth of the challenge. we are new in developing our own infrastructure and creating the security and military infrastructure. the u.s. troop, when they left, a lot of expertise left with them. we have new challenges. we also have a new situation in
the geopolitics of the region in syria. in a way, that administration has been understanding. what we're after is full u.s. support, no the just administration. congress, others, as well, to understand and appreciate the delicacy and the importance of iraq in relation to security. >> and finally, what do you make of fears that i've seen written in a lot of different places that iraq may well become the next yugoslavia, will be broken up into bits, that the sunni shiite and kurdish to the north. this will become three different nations. >> well, we had this story about ten years ago. we were told that the -- with occupation, with american presence, with sectarian war. so this is not new to iraq, this story. however, ten years with four elections and everyone is adhering to democracy has proven that we're somewhat safe of that
issue. we have challenges, and we have major challenges with regard to getting the right social harmony in the society. in relation to democracy and being the only tool and not being it. we have challenges, however, are we back to the 2007-2008, turf wars? what we have with state of flow. we have rule of flow and we have terrorism trying to get around that. >> first of all, we wish you luck at the boston marathon, and certainly, we wish your country luck in the next elections. >> i look forward to that. thank you very much. thank you. in the noon hour of this program, i'm going to talk to two iraq war veterans about the suicide epidemic that is now affecting their ranks. i think we do a good job of taking that citizen soldier and making a warrior out of him. we aren't doing a good job of taking that warrior and reintegrating him back into society. but up next, the president opens his push for 2014 democrats. our panel is next.
i'm l-i-s-a and i have copd, but i don't want my breathing problems to get in the way of hosting my book club. that's why i asked my doctor about b-r-e-o. once-daily breo ellipta helps increase airflow from the lungs for a full 24 hours. and breo helps reduce symptom flare-ups that last several days and require oral steroids, antibiotics, or hospital stay. breo is not for asthma. breo contains a type of medicine that increases risk of death in people with asthma. it is not known if this risk is increased in copd. breo won't replace rescue inhalers for sudden copd symptoms and should not be used more than once a day. breo may increase your risk of pneumonia, thrush, osteoporosis, and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking breo. ask your doctor about b-r-e-o for copd. first prescription free at mybreo.com
because the more you know, the more we can help you. cut. lower. shave. chop. and drop your insurance rates. if you want to save hundreds, talk to farmers. ♪ we are farmers bum - pa - dum, bum - bum - bum - bum ♪ [announcer] the more you know, the more you could save. farmers could help you save hundreds on your auto insurance. call your local agent or 1-800-470-8496 today. they took a post office and sat it on my desk. it doesn't take up any room. i don't have to wait in line, and it never closes. [ male announcer ] get a 4-week trial plus $100 in extras. go to stamps.com/now and never go to the post office again.
democrats should forcefully defend and be proud, i don't think we should apologize for it. i don't think we should be defensive about it. i think there's a strong, good, right story to tell. >> joining me around the table, communications director for the democratic national committee, political handicappers rothenberg of the famed rothenberg political report and shawn spicer for the republican national committee. so stu, despite the president's advice for running for office, his favorable ratings in the low 40s. obamacare, the affordable care act also in the low 40s in approval. how good of advice is this, especially to vulnerable democrats running in states that mitt romney won? >> well, it's good advice for democrats running in democratic
distric districts, but they probably don't need the advice. the problem is, there are a lot of democrats running in states where mitt romney carried it. and defending aca is really a dangerous game for the democrats. they're trying to finesse the race. talking about the president's premier national accomplishment. an issue, could be a problem. >> i want to play you the first ad that mary landrieu running for senate, this is the first ad in december. >> hundreds of thousands of people across the country losing their current coverage. >> it hthe administration under pressure to act fast. >> what i said to the president was, you told them they could keep it. >> landrieu has introduced the keeping the affordable care act promise. >> i'm fixing it. and that's what my bill does and i've urged the president to fix it. >> senator landrieu says president obama needs to stick to his word. >> the truth is, you don't care if she runs that ad, right? as long as she returns to the senate with a "d" by her name.
>> well, i care about the fact that she was promising people she's going to fix and make the law work better and the law is working better today and more and more people are benefitting from it. and i think that's why you're going to see more democrats take the president's advice and talk about the -- >> mary landrieu? >> she's absolutely going to say and democrats across the country are going to say there's a difference between our side and their side. our side supports this law, making it work better. their side wants to take it away. people don't want that fight anymore. right, the one thing that is much more unpopular than the affordable care act is repealing the affordable care act and people are tired of the fight that shawn and his side keep pushing. >> there is some debate whether you ought to drop the repeal part and talk about changing it and fixing it. i want to remind you of something your chairman said when he was on this show talking about obamacare and the effects a couple of months ago. >> this issue is going to be
toxic for the democrats. and believe me, we will tattoo it to their foreheads in 2014. we will run on it and they will lose because of it. >> is that still what republicans are going to run on? >> it's clear that obamacare is still the number one, number two, number three issue going into this election. and the mary landrieu ad is typical of what we're seeing from races throughout this country. whereas democrats are running from it, distancing themselves, talking about things they've done, they won't talk about the fact they were the deciding vote, they were out there a advocating for it. in my opinion, i hope they take the president's advice, frankly, for our sake. but race after race, the reason that we're expanding the map that oregon, minnesota, new hampshire, virginia, are getting more and more into play because it's working. >> none of that is true. oregon, virginia, new hampshire are actually becoming more and more -- >> really? >> separate from that. separate from that. only three people. only three places in the country where people agree with you that
obamacare's number one, number two, number three issue. that's national committee headquarters and the senate committee headquarters. the american people could not be more clear that they want to get back to talking about -- >> i hope you do believe that. i really hope, hope you believe that's true. because i will -- i would love to -- i can't wait till i see majority leader mcconnell. >> let me ask you -- clearly in the senate, the democrats are going to give free reign to the folks. >> it's hard for me to believe the republicans can run from now to november just on aca. >> well, look, the -- the number of americans that are disappointed with obamacare in the last gallup poll. it's 54%. the numbers of people and the
stories continue. just this week, we saw a number of widows in alabama lose their insurance because of this. the stories continue of the number of people losing their doctors, their plans and their insurance rate going up through the roof. >> i agree with shawn when you get additional anecdotes, republicans will use that to make their point. on the other hand, i think the cake has been baked on aca, candy. i don't think there are a whole lot of people changing their opinions now. while on the one hand, republicans keep it simple, stupid. okay, they've got one message, that's a fine message, you've got to talk about growth and jobs and what the president does or has not done. >> stu, let me get you to kick off a discussion about a specific race. mitch mcconnell. he is now, at least for the past quarter, been outraised by his democratic opponent. he's polling terribly, both in approval and, you know, running fairly even with her. how much trouble is the republican leader of the senate really in? >> well, i think the race is competitive. it's in play, it's one of the few opportunities democrats have. i wouldn't oversell it for this
reason. right now, all the analysis, all the context is about the republican primary. so people who support the republican challenger to mitch mcconnell will not say they're supporting mcconnell in the general election. >> and yet the approval ratings seem to at least -- he's really -- >> unpopular. >> and used to be that if you had a candidate who was below 50%, who was returning and below 50%, he was toast. >> for all of the republican bluster about the president's approval ratings or the aca's approval ratings, both the president and the aca are more popular in kentucky than mitch mcconnell is. he's in very, very real trouble in kentucky. it is financially competitive, competitive in the polling. running a fantastic campaign. i would be very surprised if he even returns as republican leader. i'll be surprised if he returns to the senate next year. >> mitch mcconnell will not only
return, but he'll be the leader, a majority leader. and that's because -- for all the talk, the president's approval rating is low. his cash on hand is significantly higher. >> twice as much. >> right. this is -- as stu pointed out. i think this is a washington parlor game when it comes down to it. her approval ratings aren't great. >> turn to iowa where you had what looked like -- and you're talking about expanding the map. one of the places they're now expanding the map is in iowa. which looked as though the democratic candidate would win. and then went to fund raise. in front of some trial lawyers, running for senate. he goes to texas, he's fund raising in front of a bunch of trial lawyers, and he talked about if the senate turns republican, that meant that the chairman of the senate judiciary committee would be chuck grassley who is a long standing republican from iowa. and here's what he said about
chuck grassley. >> you might have a farmer from iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law serving as the next chair of the senate judiciary committee. >> well, i think he apologized for that comment. and most people move on. and here's why i think it's going to be enough because he actually has a long history of fighting for iowa farmers and fighting for iowans versus either of the two republican candidates. remember, these elections are contrast. and anyone that thought iowa wasn't going to be competitive doesn't know the state of iowa. whomever he's up against opposes the farm bill, opposes -- or supports the ryan budget which cuts funding for agriculture and rural communities. whereas he's been in support of those things. i think he'll do fine with that -- >> iowa is one of the top three agricultural states. when you start insulting farmers. >> this is sort of an inside washington analogy. but this is like martha coakley
insulting red sox fans not knowing who kurt schilling was. i think your point, going to iowa, insulting farmers. and it wasn't just one mistake. then he posted a picture of a farm on his facebook page from england. so he tried to dig himself out of the hole and dug himself -- and insulting farms in iowa is like insulting red sox fans in boston. it doesn't work. >> if you think that's going to trump your candidate's opposition for the farm bill and support for the ryan budget that hurts the communities, then that's more insulting to the farmers than anything else. >> where this race really is. it's a competitive race that leans democratic because the president carried with 52% last time. two credible candidates, mark jacobs, the former ceo of alliant energy. you get an election where it's about the president and bruce brailey is in big trouble. if it's about the republicans and tea party and the republican candidates, then he's got a better chance.
it's competitive with a slight democratic edge. >> i want to ask you about a different race in our final minutes and that is west virginia, something you have, believe is locked down in your column. in the republican column. . there was an interesting article, i think, from shawn trend, a conservative who said, whoa, we may just be a little too optimistic about this race. and he set out an analysis, which basically said i can see how democrats actually might win some seats coming up. and here's how. and one of the things he said was, he would not be surprised to wake up the day after the elections and find out that the democrat held on to the seat rather than the republican you all are counting on. >> well, i think that's -- might wake up in a dream state, but that would be the closest. you know, her family's been an institution in west virginia. she's running a fabulous campaign, representing the first district tremendously well. she's done a great job fighting
for people of west virginia. she has tried before. and this has become a family affair running against shelly. >> one of the things is, you're also running against history here because west virginia has a very firm tradition of putting democrats in those -- >> right, and you look at joe mansion who ran, a former governor who ran for the senate. they might do well in state races and the gubernatorial level. but it has shifted tremendously. >> one of the things i like about the playing field for us this cycle and west virginia's a good example of this, is the number of republican house members that they are running for these senate seats. the republicans in the house of representatives are about the most toxic brand you will find anywhere in any poll. and the fact that these are the people, these are the people who are supporting the ryan budget that are so out of touch with most americans that are now going -- they're trying to put up statewide, it is why places like georgia, it is why -- state
after state after state, i really like our chances. >> i'm at the end here of my time. . i need the three of you what will surprise me the day after the election in terms of a senate race. >> i think democrats are going to pick up both really competitive republican seats in kentucky and in georgia. >> i think probably udahl loses in colorado in a race that three months ago was off the table. >> i think new hampshire, oregon, minnesota and virginia all trend our way and we pick them up. >> i like your positive attitude. we'll bring you back if that happens. >> we'll pick up seats in the house, as well. >> some easter humor from you. >> thank you all for joining us on an easter weekend. >> happy easter. >> thanks. up next, the pope's easter message. whatever business you're in, that's the business we're in.
with premium service like one of the best on-time delivery records and a low claims ratio, we do whatever it takes to make your business our business. od. helping the world keep promises. and that's epic, bro, we've forgotten just how good good is. good is setting a personal best before going for a world record. good is swinging to get on base before swinging for a home run. [ crowd cheering ] good is choosing not to overshoot the moon, but to land right on it and do some experiments. ♪ so start your day off good with a coffee that's good cup after cup. maxwell house. ♪ good to the last drop you really love, what would you do?" ♪ [ woman ] i'd be a writer. [ man ] i'd be a baker. [ woman ] i wanna be a pie maker. [ man ] i wanna be a pilot. [ woman ] i'd be an architect.
what if i told you someone could pay you and what if that person were you? ♪ when you think about it, isn't that what retirement should be, paying ourselves to do what we love? ♪ [ matt ] the only thing better than the smell of fresh-cut grass is the smell of perfectly level, fresh-cut grass. that yellow seat's my favorite chair. [ kathleen ] you want to find a john deere dealer? just set your gps to tractor expert. [ jim ] when my grandson grows up, it's his. but it's all mine now. [ male announcer ] that's how we run, and nothing runs like a deere. now get $400 off all john deere four-wheel-steer lawn tractors at a dealer near you. all john deere four-wheel-steer lawn tractors humans. even when we cross our "ts" and dot our "i's", we still run into problems.
that's why liberty mutual insurance offers accident forgiveness with our auto policies. if you qualify, your rates won't go up due to your first accident. because making mistakes is only human, and so are we. we also offer new car replacement, so if you total your new car, we'll give you the money for a new one. call liberty mutual insurance at... and ask us all about our auto features, like guaranteed repairs, where if you get into an accident and use one of our certified repair shops, the repairs are guaranteed for life. so call... to talk with an insurance expert about everything that comes standard with our base auto policy. and if you switch, you could save up to $423. liberty mutual insurance -- responsibility. what's your policy? take this simple test. press your tongue against it, like this. it moves! do you feel it? it can happen with every denture. these movements may irritate your gums.
but you don't have to bear with it. you can try fixodent plus gum care. thanks to its formula, your gums become one with your denture. this helps stop movement and helps prevent gum irritation so you can keep enjoying life. [ apple crunches ] fixodent. and forget it. [ apple crunches ] trwith secure wifie for your business. it also comes with public wifi for your customers. not so with internet from the phone company. i would email the phone company to inquire as to why they have shortchanged these customers. but that would require wifi. switch to comcast business internet and get two wifi networks included.
stories as we approach the top of the hour. divers are back in the murky waters off south korea's coast inching through a sunken ferry hoping to find survivors. by now bodies are being recovered as heartbroken families watch. at least 58 are dead and that number is expected to rise. 24 people are still missing. many of them are teens who were all attending the same high school. a suspected u.s. drone strike in yemen has killed at least four al qaeda militants, including senior leaders. this is the second one in two days. on saturday at least 10 suspected al qaeda operatives were killed in al bayda province while going to another province considered a hotbed for the terror group. the suspects were in a pickup truck when they were hit. nearly 100,000 christians have gathered in the vatican city this morning to celebrate easter with pope francis. the pontiff led the eastern mass
early this morning and gave his twice yearly blessing during which he called for world peace and the end to social justices. injustices, rather. i'm victor black. fareed zakharia is next. this is gps, the global public square. welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakharia coming to you live from new york. on today's show, we will bring you the latest from ukraine. then we will go in depth on sanctions. many said they would never work, that putin wouldn't care, but have they done the trick and what would they look like if things get worse? also a fascinating new international ranking done by harvard's michael porter. is the